July 29th 2018

Sway set sights on County 1

South Wilts 158 ao, Sway 159-2

A fantastic bowling spell from David Steadman (5-24) and a superb batting performance from Tim Noble (80*) set up a crucial win which sees Sway move into second place.

After losing the toss, Sway were asked to bowl on a green deck with plenty of cloud cover. Steadman wasted no time by dismissing South Wiltsí opening batsman first ball of the innings. Sway looked to capitalise and with Lloyd Scott (3-24) bowling well at the other end, wickets began to tumble. Thanks to some good bowling and catching by stand in keeper Adam Clark, South Wilts were left suffering at 25-5.

Josh Bailey (2-35) into the attack provided no rest for the home side, bowling with accuracy and variation to pick up a couple of wickets - one aided by a superb Oscar Marshall catch. John Grasham (0-21) bowled fantastically from the other end, but was let down by some poor fielding, somehow leaving him wicketless!

Sway were guilty of taking their foot off the gas and allowed south Wilts to rebuild, however, when Steadman and Scott came back into the attack South Wilts were bowled out for 158.

Sway looked forever comfortable with the bat thanks to the pin point timing and placement of skipper Tim Noble (80*). Backed up by Hall (27), Walton (25) and Thorpe (4*) meant that sway cruised to an 8 wicket victory with time to spare.

Sway have moved into second place and now promotion to the top tier of the Hampshire League is theirs to lose.

On paper, next week proposes to be an easier fixture against Hayling Island where Sway will still need to be at their best to secure a victory.

David & Rob Steadman - 5-for for the 1sts and 50 for the 4ths